Hopper, Dump O/O's & Drivers

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by wheathauler, May 31, 2009.

  1. RW.

    RW. Heavy Load Member

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    We've got General D660's on one truck, paid $340 a piece for them a couple years ago. They have 30/32" tread starting out, almost too deep, but they seem to hold up pretty good, I see a lot of folks around this area running them. Got recaps on the other truck, the ringtread style, this one here: http://www.marangoni-na.com/3a2.asp?FILTER=STDORDR&FAMSYS=RZYD Does just fine for our local work.
     
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  3. LBZ

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    Saw some anhydrous going on the other morning. Even if they are kicking it with a product like N-serve, it is not enough with these temps. But they used to dump the sulfate from ADM on that ground, so it is a step in the right direction.

    Fertilizer in the hopper may work as long as everything is still dry & you give that new power washer a work out as soon as you are done. Fertilizer has a way of breaking through the best imron paint out there & corrodes everything.

    Oh & make sure that conveyor does not twist under load. Have seen some that get costly keeping them maintained, if they get a little out of shape they eat belts, rollers & of course the bearings.
     
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  4. cowdoc

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    Finished rice weds.. Start hauling old crop beans out monday. This yrs beans aren't ready yet. Lots of fieldwork here too. Very odd for rice country. It sure makes hauling the crop out of the fields a lot easier when its so dry.
     
  5. RW.

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    The elevator here has been almost begging people to start putting anhydrous on to take advantage of this nice weather, but so far, most everyone is saying not yet. I may have a lead on someone nearby that has a conveyor, if it pans out, that would be a better deal to start with than buying a new one. Cleaning the trailer afterwards would be critical, I was thinking opening the traps and blowing them out good around the doors before washing might help. It wouldn't be a regular thing anyway, just certain times when the opportunity comes up.

    You're right cowdoc, this dry weather makes things much easier, 180 degree turnaround from last fall. Just now selling old crop beans?? That paid off pretty good this year didn't it? :biggrin_255:
     
  6. Rusty50484

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    How a FSC is calculated is determined by the individual company and what they have negotiated with their customers.

    For instance, the FSC we charge our primary customer is based on $1.25 base fuel cost and a 5.5 avg. mpg. At $3.25/gal fuel you take $3.25 - $1.25 = $2.00 divided by 5.5 = $.36/mi FSC.

    Some of our other customers pay a smaller FSC, depending on the contract we have with them at the time. We have a few brokers who pay FSC, others who don't.
     
  7. cowdoc

    cowdoc Light Load Member

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    Yea RW the bosses hit a pretty good lick with those beans.
     
  8. wheathauler

    wheathauler Trucker

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    Back to hauling to the ethanol plant. The elevator I haul to is full until some trains come. It's been a fast harvest and the elevators and trains just couldn't keep up. Hopefully this means I will be busy for the winter but who can tell.
     
  9. bullhaulerswife

    bullhaulerswife Forum Leader/Admin Staff Member Administrator

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    Darling International in KC burned this past week. No more m&b going down there for a while. :biggrin_2556:
     
  10. wheathauler

    wheathauler Trucker

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    I'm a grain guy what is m&b? Looked up on internet said something about rendering.
     
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  11. bullhaulerswife

    bullhaulerswife Forum Leader/Admin Staff Member Administrator

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    Meat and Bone meal from animal rendering. They grind it and dry it for animal feed. We do a lot of those loads.
     
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